Pupils produce their own colours

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PUPILS at St Mary’s Primary School have been creating fabrics and colouring them using plants they have grown as natural dyes.

Pupils at St Mary’s School with some of their dyed fabrics

The school has created a rainbow garden and colour kitchen as a way of teaching pupils about the natural world and ecological processes.

An unused area of the school grounds has been transformed into this conservation area and will provide school children with an opportunity to be more hands-on in natural sciences, the arts and personal development.

Pupils have been growing a variety of plants including red amaranth, dwarf eucalyptus, salmonberry and marigolds from which they create the dyes and they have been documenting the journey in a class herbarium.

Meanwhile, they have also been creating and processing local textiles, including wool which they will eventually weave into fleece while learning about the introduction of the Manx Loaghtan sheep that were brought to Jersey’s north coast by the National Trust for Jersey.

The project has been sponsored by HSBC and the Jersey Ecology Trust Fund.

The school’s headteacher, Maria Stegenwalner, said: ‘St Mary’s School aims to provide captivating learning and life experiences that enrich childhood. The rainbow garden is a perfect example of how this can work.’


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